19 local makers to follow + support in Birmingham

There are so many colorful makers in Birmingham. Photo via Tosha G. Photography

There are so many talented artists and artisans in the Magic City—from jewelry and clothing designers to fiber artists and ceramicists. Here are 19 makers that caught our eye. We divided them into 4 categories: wearable, hangable, giftable and enjoyable.

Wearable

1. Exalting in Beauty

If your feed (and wardrobe) could use some color, you need to be following @exaltinginbeauty. Artist and owner, Aaliyah Na’imah (@aaliyah.naimah), makes some of the most colorful, vibrant and fun jewelry around. She just launched the Primary Color Collection on Etsy and we’re totally obsessed. 

2. Heymamabearmakes

We love a good mask moment. Photo via Ashley Roshitsh (Heymamabear)

If 2020 has led to something cool, it’s that masks are officially a fashion accessory. One local artist who’s all about the mask is Ashley Roshitsh, the artist behind Heymamabear (@heymamabearmakes). Recently, Ashley decided to pursue art full time, and she’s been making these amazing Orville Peck-inspired face masks with bright colors and fun tassel details. She also sells prints and custom pet portraits on Etsy. 

3. Element and Vibe

Founded in 2016 by Aisha Taylor, Element and Vibe makes messaged-based t-shirts that do the talking for you. With inspiring and empowering messages printed on the front—like the words fearless, equality or enough—each shirt makes a unique statement.

4. Woodlawn Jewelry Co.

If your quarantine fits could use a pick me up, you need to check out Woodlawn Jewelry Co. Throw on their fun and funky handmade earrings to make it look like you actually tried to get ready for that Zoom call (even if you’re just wearing sweats.)

  • Price: $15-$20
  • Where to shop: Orders made on their Etsy shop will be on hold until 7/24, but if you just can’t wait, you can shop WJCO earrings online at Charm on 2nd’s site. If you do order via Etsy, make sure to use code BHAMNOW10 for 10% off!
  • Website | Instagram

5. Lindsay Brook Designs

Summer is all about fun patterns and fabrics, and Lindsay Brook Designs has you covered. This Birmingham-based company makes the most unique bow ties, neckties, headbands, scrunchies and even scrub caps, so no matter what you’re doing or where you’re going, you can have fun with fashion.

Hangable

6. Bouquet

Birmingham-based artist, Bouquet, creates an arrangement of handmade goods. Her stained glass pieces automatically breathe new life into any room. We’re not talking about your grandmother’s stained glass windows (no offense grandma!). The unique designs and shapes add a pop of color without the big commitment of painting.

  • Price: $25-$75
  • Where to shop: Shop all products online and on Instagram.
  • Website | Instagram

7. Fringe & Fancy

Amber of Fringe & Fancy is a fiber artist who makes textile wall hangings. Whether you dig pops of color or adore neutrals, your walls will get an instant upgrade with her textured designs. You can even follow along with Amber’s design process on her Instagram. 

8. Tasha Cathy

Tasha’s pieces are inspired by nature and use natural resources from from the ground we walk on to create ethereal, earth pigment paintings. From dirt sifting and creating unique colors, each creation makes a pleasing addition to any space. 

9. Bonnybee Designs

Macrame and custom polymer clay earrings? Say no more! Bonnie of Bonnybee Designs is a fiber artist that has been serving up the newest trends in jewelry along with whimsical macrame hangings. Now you can have art on your walls and on your ears.

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Giftable

10. Civil Stoneware

Civil Stoneware Inc, a team of artists led by Katherine Tucke, transforms dirt to delicacy in the heart of Birmingham. The ceramic wares are heavy with the care and time it took to build each piece and are perfect for sharing a moment with others. Whether you’re using their match striker to light a candle before dinner or sharing a bottle of wine with a friend out of their drinking cups, these items promote community.

“Ferns have long been a symbol of happiness, prosperity, and victory…” Photo via Civil Stoneware

11. Alan and Kaitlin Slattery

Carry a little piece of Europe in your pocket or on your shoulder with these soft and luxurious items. Alan’s leather goods are more than a bag to stash a granola bar—they’re purposeful art. He holds a BFA in Accessory Design from Savannah College of Art and Design and makes every leather good in Dreamers Supply Co., which he co-owns with his wife Kaitlin Slattery. 

12. Small Woods Studios

Did you know the origin of embroidery can be dated back to 30,000 BC? Tamara Harper takes this ancient art and delicately transforms it into trendy, quality pieces. Shop backpacks layered with careful smatterings of embroidered flowers or go for a classic framed embroidered mantra.

It’s the little bee on the bottom that does it for me. Photos via Tamara Harper

13. Ecam and Co.

Candles are made even more special when they’re gifted for a special occasion—especially if they’re unique like Elizabeth Holcomb’s at Ecam and Co. The 100% soy wax is housed in beautiful wine bottles making your present more memorable.

Bonus: Since candles are made from pure essential oils blended with phthalate-free fragrance oils, no harmful chemicals will be released when they burn—only great smells.

Photo via Elizabeth Holcomb

14. Byndel

Have you ever opened a little treasure chest filled with goodies that greet you like a hug? That’s how it feels when you receive one of Byndel’s perfectly curated gift boxes full of local products from hand-poured candles to biscuit mix. Send the breakfast box to your favorite early bird or the botanical box to a bridesmaid who’s a total plant mom. Byndel’s boxes are personal and really embody the Magic City.

Enjoyable

15. California Country Organics

All-natural and locally made? Count us in. Photo via @calibamaco on Instagram

Get ready to feel better inside and out with California Country Organic’s raw, organic and unrefined products. Inspired by her life in Southern California, owner Tracey Kennedy is committed to formulating healthy recipes. There’s something for everyone in her shop with items ranging from bug spray to body butter and hair conditioner.  

16. Stone Hollow Farmstead

Owner Deborah Stone founded a business with her family that takes everything you love about a farmer’s market and tucked it away into a neat, thriving shop. Now, the mother-daughter team contributes to a flourishing agricultural economy by sourcing inventory from their farm in Shelby County and selling at markets across Birmingham. Discover not only fresh produce and goods like a variety of cheeses and prepared foods, but also cosmetic and medical skin care products.

  • Price: Prices range due to variety of the shop.
  • Where to shop: Shop in-store at FarmStand by Stone Hallow 2821 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35233 (pick-up and delivery options available) or through the Market at Pepper Place.
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram

17. Magic City Organics

Such a cool concept, right here in our city. Photo by @sparkle_and_sass via Magic City Organics

Magic City Organics is passionate about alternative health and have a mission to “heal the Ham.” The team offers a wide variety of CBD products, including oils, edibles and capsules—even for your pets! Whichever you decide to try, know each item is made with the highest and finest quality ingredients. 

  • Price: Items start around $7
  • Where to shop: Find products curbside at their shop on 701 37th St S STE 10, Birmingham, AL 35222 or Online.
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram

18. Sufficient Grace Homestead Co.

2020 is the year of all years for self-care and Sufficient Grace Homestead makes it easy for you—no spa trip required. Browse owner Gracie Beth’s all-natural skincare products, including soaps, bath bombs, chapsticks and more as a gift for yourself or a loved one that could use some R&R.

19. Ivory LeShore‘s Gourmet

Sweet treats are really all we need. Photo via @preservefarmersmarket

We couldn’t end this list without something sweet. Ivory LeShore has been making mouthwatering desserts and gourmet foods for years in the Birmingham area. You might have seen their products around town at local farmer’s markets, but if you haven’t tried his gourmet bread puddings and cheesecakes, now’s your chance.

  • Price: $7.50-$80
  • Where to shop: Find them at Farmer’s Markets around town or order via email for local delivery. *All orders are handled within 24-48 hours and made fresh to order.
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram

This list highlights just a handful of local makers, compared to the overwhelming amount of talented artists, artisans and makers that reside in the Magic City.

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  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.

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